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The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest. REUTERS photo

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest. REUTERS photo

An Orthodox Israeli rabbi and former cabinet minister condemned today as "garbage and slime" a film deemed offensive to Islam that has sparked deadly anti-US protests in Libya and Egypt.
 
"Although freedom of expression and the right to use satire are sacred democratic principles, these freedoms should not be used as an excuse to publish garbage and slime," Michael Melchior, a long-standing advocate of inter-faith dialogue, wrote in a statement.

The low-budget movie, "Innocence of Muslims" in which actors have strong American accents, portrays Muslims as immoral and gratuitously violent.  It was produced by Israeli-American Sam Bacile, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Vatican also condemned what it called anti-Muslim "provocations" and the resulting "unacceptable violence" after the deadly attack.

"The serious consequences of unjustified offence and provocations against the sensibilities of Muslim believers are once again evident," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement.
 
"The reactions they arouse, sometimes with tragic results, which in their turn nourish tension and hatred, unleashing unacceptable violence," he said.
 
"Profound respect for the beliefs, texts, outstanding figures and symbols of the various religions is an essential precondition for the peaceful coexistence of peoples," he added.

World governments joined the U.S. and Libyan presidents in condemning the killing of U.S. envoy Christopher Stevens today.

French President Francois Hollande strongly condemned the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff, describing the rocket attack on their car in Benghazi as an "odious" crime.
 
Hollande called on Libya to do everything to find those behind the attack and bring them to justice.
 
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said they condemned the deadly attack on the US consulate. "We condemn the violence that was displayed and we will support the authorities in getting to the bottom of who is responsible and ensuring they are brought to justice in a proper way," Hammond told a news conference on a visit to Qatar.

Steffen Seibert speaking on behalf of the German goverment said, "The federal government condemns in the strongest terms the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt."

Compiled from AFP and Reuters by the Daily News staff.

September/12/2012

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american american

9/14/2012 9:32:21 PM

rupert murdoch

Adam Polk

9/14/2012 11:41:41 AM

"the press" controlled by who?

american american

9/14/2012 11:37:56 AM

maybe not, maybe it will influence us foreign policy on behalf of iran, or china, or even russia. we will take our focus off of syria and then iran will move in. or maybe while america chases the killers, china or russia will move into libya and set up shop. there are many political actors, not just israel. now the press is a 100% certain that the filmmaker is a copt, not an israeli. this may have been a stupid miscalculation and will probably not benefit israel in the slightest.

Adam Polk

9/14/2012 11:29:34 AM

american american, we are talking about same thing. this movie financed, produced and spread ed by some people who wanted to provoke these radicals. which will effect US foreign and internal politics on behalf of Israil. elections, Iran, Syria...

american american

9/13/2012 7:08:20 PM

or maybe somebody else wants to take the attention away from syria

Murun Buchstansangur

9/13/2012 6:47:03 PM

@Murat Arun. Your position is untenable. You really need a thicker skin. Most people on the planet don't regard Mohammed as a prophet and why should they? If some third-rate crappy film designed to provoke people like you does its job so easily, surely there is something terribly wrong. How about some introspection within your faith?

american american

9/13/2012 5:13:30 PM

maybe somebody is trying to push america into action in syria....

american american

9/13/2012 5:12:44 PM

no adam, you come on. this film that has a teeny-tiny budget, no press, and no distribution in america is all over the arab world? it is so 'offensive' that it is deemed worthy to be dubbed into arabic and shown on television? who sold the rights to egypt to broadcast it? and al jazeera is right on the scene with this guy that no one can track down who is either a copt or israeli- american (which you are happy to repost everywhere). meanwhile, hdn is talking about 'revenge' - very fishy...

mara mcglothin

9/13/2012 4:14:32 PM

I don't see a bunch of Muslim Clerics and Imams coming out with any press releases regarding the violence due to this so called movie. Do two wrongs make a right MURAT ARUN Just because someone says it does not make it true! A few years ago there was a movie made that didn't show Christ in his best light, but did we Christians begin to blow stuff up? No.

Adam Polk

9/13/2012 2:34:12 PM

american american, Give me a brake... he is christian or Jewish... his motive is clear... provocation
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